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linger (v.)

c. 1300, lenger "reside, dwell," northern England frequentative of lengen "to tarry," from Old English lengan "prolong, lengthen," from Proto-Germanic *langjan "to make long" (source also of Old Frisian lendza, Old High German lengan, Dutch lengen "to lengthen"), from *langaz- "long" (see long (adj.)).

Intransitive sense of "delay going, depart slowly and unwillingly" is from 1520s. Meaning "remain long in sickness, be near death for a time" is from 1530s. It shares verbal duties with long, prolong, lengthen. Related: Lingered; lingerer; lingering.

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Definitions of linger

linger (v.)
remain present although waning or gradually dying;
Her perfume lingered on
linger (v.)
be about;
Synonyms: loiter / lounge / footle / lollygag / loaf / lallygag / hang around / mess about / tarry / lurk / mill about / mill around
linger (v.)
leave slowly and hesitantly;
Synonyms: tarry
linger (v.)
take one's time; proceed slowly;
Synonyms: dawdle
linger (v.)
move to and fro;
The shy student lingered in the corner
Synonyms: hover
From wordnet.princeton.edu